Senior Policy Advisor
Augustus Mays is the state policy advisor for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center. In this role, he assists the Director with the strategic and conceptual planning of the Center’s work for each state in the region. This work entails working directly with state school officers across the region to identify and support high priority teaching and learning needs in their respective states.
Mays is also the Director of Government Relations at WestEd, where he has the primary responsibility for cultivating WestEd’s relationship with state and federal policymakers. In this capacity, Mays provides information about WestEd, advocates for the agency’s interests, and offers counsel on issues of which WestEd’s staff and programs have expertise. In addition, Mays represents WestEd in many parts of the education policy world, serving as liaison to national professional associations, education policy think tanks, and related groups.
Prior to joining WestEd in 2011, Mays was the Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Knowledge Alliance, the national trade association representing the education research, development, and service industry. There he was responsible for supporting Knowledge Alliance leadership on strategic messaging and policy positioning, representing the industry and association before federal policymakers and related professional organizations and coalitions, and communicating information on federal legislative and regulatory issues to association members.
Mays received a BA in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma.